Join Xconomy for Mobile Madness Northwest, a lively afternoon conference and networking reception, presented in partnership with the Washington Technology Industry Association.
In a series of interactive talks and chats, you’ll hear stories from some of the top companies, entrepreneurs, and investors working to shape the future of mobile innovation in the region, as well as special guests from other mobile hubs around the country—and learn about some interesting young startups to keep your eye on.
Networking and Registration
Welcome and Introductions
Tom Alberg, Madrona Venture Group
As a key executive with McCaw Cellular, Tom helped build the Northwest’s leadership in the wireless industry. Now, as managing director at Madrona, he helps find and fund innovative startups all across the technology field. Tom will discuss the region’s position in the current landscape, and look ahead to how innovators can stand apart.
Mobile DNA Takes Over
Our panelists look at the convergence of the Web and mobile computing—why Web-based applications will save mobile from fragmentation, how the ideas developed for mobile-phone software will connect everything around us, and how innovators with strong mobile roots can capitalize.
Tom Huseby, Voyager Capital
Chris DeVore, Founders’ Co-op
Brian Fling, Pinch/Zoom
Never Stop Playing: The Transformation of Gaming
With the surge in powerful devices, the gaming industry is quickly moving from a fixed production model into a service-delivery business, where users can be engaged on several platforms throughout their day. Our panel discusses how this shift is changing the required skills, the business models, and the entire means of production for game companies.
Bernie Yee, Bungie Aerospace
Giordano Contestabile, PopCap Games
David Bluhm, Z2Live
Cameron Myhrvold, Ignition Partners (moderator)
Demos from three of our startup presenters
BigCo to Startup: The Future of Platforms and Services
Our panelists have deep experience developing products for some of the biggest tech companies in the world. They’re also investors and entrepreneurs who now work with emerging startups trying to disrupt entrenched players. We’ll ask this pair how big Northwest companies like Microsoft and Amazon might challenge Apple and Google in the mobile space, and what role small companies and entrepreneurs can play as those big powers battle it out.
Charlie Kindel, entrepreneur and angel investor, former GM of Windows Phone.
Wesley Chan, partner, Google Ventures, former product lead for Google Analytics and Google Voice.
Chetan Sharma, Chetan Sharma Consulting (moderator)
Ted Morgan, Skyhook
Ted Morgan’s company, a pioneer in location-based data for smartphones, has partnered with and fought against the biggest players in mobile operating systems and lived to tell the tale. In the spirit of connecting innovation communities, we present this founder’s story from a Boston-based entrepreneur.
Demos from two more of our startup presenters
Northwest Innovators on What’s Hot, What’s Ahead
Presented by our event partners at the WTIA, this panel of industry leaders will talk about the year gone by and the months ahead for innovators in the Northwest and beyond, from big successes to bigger question marks facing local companies.
Adriana Neagu, Formotus
Geoff Entress, Voyager Capital
Bill Bryant, Draper Fisher Jurvetson
Aaron Sheedy, Swype (Nuance)
Todd Bishop, GeekWire (moderator)